The Rotary Club of Santa Paula has launched its annual drive to collect and deliver food and toys to at least 500 needy families and their children in Santa Paula for Christmas.


The Rotarians will be filling boxes with frozen chickens, canned goods, rice, beans, potatoes, and fruit, as well as toys and books for the children.  Members of the Rotary Club of Santa Paula, and other community volunteers, will load up trucks and deliver baskets on the morning of Saturday, December 24, 2011.


The success of the program is largely dependent on the generosity of the community.  Students, churches, scout troops, clubs, and mobile home parks have all contributed in the past and are asked again to help your fellow Santa Paulans in need this Christmas season. If you are able to donate to the program, please send an email to or speak with any Rotary Club of Santa Paula member.  Monetary contributions may be given to any Santa Paula Rotary Club member or mailed to the Rotary Club at P.O. Box 809, Santa Paula, CA  93061.  Please make all checks payable to Santa Paula Rotary Christmas Basket Fund. You may also access our website at


Collection points for canned goods and toys have been established at Fire Station #1, Fire Station #2, Santa Paula Police Department, Santa Clara Valley Bank, Rushing Real Estate, Troop Real Estate, Santa Paula Community Bank, Heritage Hardware, and Curves.  Donations will be accepted at the Santa Paula Community Center at 530 W. Main Street on Thursday, December 22nd.


If you would like to help sort and fill canned goods, this activity will take place between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 22 at the Santa Paula Community Center.


Once again, thank you for helping ensure at least 500 families and their children will have a Happy Holiday!